England pick a front row to battle powerful Argentina
been tipped to replace now injured prop Mako Vunipola but found himself among the replacements instead.
Corbisiero demolished the Australia front-row during the Lions’ third Test win in Sydney in July, scoring the opening try in a crushing 41-16 victory that sealed a 2-1 triumph.
However, it was Marler, as he’d done during last week’s match, who replaced loosehead prop Vunipola, with hooker Hartley coming in for new father Tom Youngs and Wilson replacing Dan Cole.
Lancaster, asked if he was taking a gamble in selecting Wilson ahead of Cole, replied: “No, I don’t think so at all. He was outstanding in Argentina for us in the summer (when England, without all their Lions and rested captain Chris Robshaw, won a two-Test series 2-0) and his good form has con- tinued with Bath this season.
Turning to Argentina’s scrum, Lancaster said: “It is a big part of their game and it will be a great challenge but we’ve got a very good scrum ourselves.
“It’s nice to have those three (Youngs, Cole and Corbisiero) on the bench to come on,” added Lancaster, who will want more of a cutting edge from a back division where the only change sees Ben Foden in on the wing after injuries ruled out both Marland Yarde and Christian Wade.
Argentina, however, are keen to prove there is more to their game than the scrum after finishing bottom of the Rugby Championship.
New coach Daniel Hourcade’s side boasts more than 400 caps, with new captain Juan Manuel Leguizamon, leading the team in the absence of the injured Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, joined by the likes of Leicester loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza and Saracens centre Marcelo Bosch.
“We’re building for the 2015 World Cup (in England) and the young players can learn from the more experienced ones,” Hourcade said.
“We are going to be more offensive and attack England a little bit more than we usually do,” added Hourcade, who took over after Santiago Phelan quit last month. – AFP